The Macaca fuscata, or Japanese snow monkey, is the world’s most northernmost living non-human primate. Native to Japan, these monkeys are known for their intelligence, which can be displayed by their affinity to washing food as well as making snowballs. You can find these special creatures bathing in the onsen (hot springs) of Jigokudani Monkey Park, located in the mountains of Nagano.
Every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 20 December 2014 to 28 February 2015 (except 15 January 2015)
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Jigokudani Wild Monkey Hotsprings and Masuichi-Ichimura Sake Brewery and Zenkoji Temple Tour
The world famous Jigokudani wild monkey hot-springs is home to about 200 wild monkeys who spend their days soaking in the natural hotsprings, keeping warm from the harsh winter. The park was opened in 1964 and is considered to be the only places in the world to see snow monkeys bathing in the wild. The hike to the hot-springs takes about 20 to 30 minutes each way. Departing from the Kambayashi Onsen we make our way to the historic town of Obuse, home to the famous Japanese artist Hokusai and the museum dedicated to his works. Enjoy a traditionally cooked superb Japanese set menu lunch (various options available) at the Masuichi Club Restaurant, which is an open style country restaurant and see the beautifully preserved 240 year old Masuichi Sake Brewery & of coarse enjoy many different types of Japanese Sake. The next stop is Nagano City home to Zenkoji Temple designated a national treasure and has a history of over 1400 years. It is one of Japan's most revered temples and house the first image of Buddha brought to Japan in the 7th century. The streets surrounding the temple are lined with lantern lit shops and tierd roofed stalls, souvenir shops, restaurants and galleries.